Reading Strategies. For ACTIVE reading. Critical reading —active engagement and interaction with texts—is essential to your academic success and to your intellectual growth.
For ACTIVE reading
Critical reading—active engagement and interaction with texts—is essential to your academic success and to your intellectual growth.
Use the strategies described here (listed sequentially, but employed simultaneously) to have confidence in reading your academic texts.Introduction:Thinking-Intensive Reading
Previewing enables you to develop a set of expectations about the scope and aim of the text. These very preliminary impressions offer you a way to focus your reading. For instance:
Read through QUICKLY and underline or highlight words that you DON’T know!
There is some vocabulary that is necessary to understanding the precise meaning of a text – these are the words and terms you need to look up.
This will require use of a RELIABLE DICTIONARY and ENCYCLOPEDIA
But be careful not to waste too much time on this - some vocabulary you can figure out from context. Knowing the difference is critical and takes practice.
Annotating puts you in a "dialogue” with the author and the issues and ideas you encounter in a written text. It's also a way to have an ongoing conversation with yourself as you move through the text and to record what that encounter was like for you.
The best way to determine that you’ve really got the point is to be able to state it in your own words.
The way language is chosen, used, positioned in a text can be important indication of what an author considers crucial and what he expects you to glean from his argument.
Once you’ve finished reading actively and annotating, take stock for a moment and put it in perspective. When you contextualize, you essential "re-view" a text you've encountered, framed by its historical, cultural, material, or intellectual circumstances.
Set course readings against each other to determine their relationships (hidden or explicit).